Shirley

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Certificate15
Year2020
GenreDrama, Thriller
DirectorJosephine Decker
WritersSarah Gubbins
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 47MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Going nowhere with a novel about the disappearance of a local girl, writer Shirley Jackson gets the inspiration she needs when two young newlyweds come to stay.

Upon first meeting, Shirley (Elisabeth Moss), appears to be a drunken shut-in, rather than the Queen of American Horror Fiction that she is soon to become. She is married to a cheating English professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) and blocked as a writer. But with the arrival of Rose (Odessa Young) and her teaching-assistant husband Fred (Logan Lerman), Shirley reveals herself as a far crueller and more sophisticated creature, seducing the innocent girl into becoming her companion and accomplice in the new mystery novel she is writing.

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf is clearly a touchstone, but Josephine Decker’s psychodrama goes further, blurring the boundaries of biopic and fiction in exploring the cruel forces that can feed creativity.

"With Elisabeth Moss brilliantly playing horror author Shirley Jackson like a volcano on the verge of eruption, this teasing, spellbinding psychodrama from Josephine Decker preps us to expect the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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